I found this at the 11th hour but have to share it…

I am not generally someone who goes looking for MP3s to download although I must admit to maybe pulling down a dozen songs or so with Kazaa, so having found a large cache of FREE mp3s I feel the need to share. Don’t ask me why but I decided to compose a letter this weekend using mostly conservative news sources to convince conservatives that Bush is NOT in their best interests so oddly enough I finally end up on the Christian Science Monitor site. I know, most of you are rubbing your eyes and wondering just what kind of Clay Jars, Petra, or Stryper I’m trying to pawn off on you but I swear it’s not like that at all.

They had a story about protest songs making a comeback and in the story there was a link to PunkVoter.com which, for an aging punk, intrigued me. I went to the site and nosed around a bit and am planning to put an order in for the Rock Against Bush Volumes I & II in the next few days, but in the course of looking around found a treasure trove of free MP3s of songs from the bands they promote. Kind of a Whitman’s sampler of good harsh old school punk!

If you want to see what they have please make sure to check out their ENTIRE site because it is worthwhile to anyone hoping to sink the Bush Admin in November. The link to the songs (if you don’t find it when checking their links) is www.fatwreck.com

Right now I am listening to NOFX – Idiots are Taking Over. Here’s a quick sample:

…Someone’s flopped a steamer in the gene pool,
now angry mob mentality is no longer the exception – it’s the rule.
And I’m starting to feel a lot like Charleton Heston,
stranded on a primate planet,
apes and orangutans that ran into the ground the generals and armies that obeyed them.
Followers following fables, Philosophies that enabled them to rule without a guard

There’s no point to Democracy when ignorance is celebrated…

I may not have ALL the wording right but I did mention I am an AGING punk with ears to match. Now imagine the lyrics coming at you with an angry driving beat that you remember from the days when you paid $5.00 bucks for five bands and listened to them all night in a building that surprisingly was not condemned.

Or how about The Irrationality of Rationality?:

…Dan, a company man felt loyalty to the core,
after sixteen years of service and a family to support.
He actually started to believe
the weaponry and chemicals were for national defense
cause Danny had a mortgage and a boss to answer to.
The guilty don’t feel guilty, they learn not to.

Helen is living in her car trying to feed her kids…

Tonight I almost feel young again. Some of me jiggles more when I head bang and my knees are reminding me that my mosh-pit days are long behind me, but damned if I don’t miss those days. I made shit for a paycheck, but as angry as I tried to be I still hadn’t lost my innocence. Hearing these songs gives me hope that some future generation might be able to fix things using their youthful exuberance and relative inexperience, just so long as they keep the faith.

Anyhow, I know it’s late now that I am waxing nostalgic. Goodnight folks, enjoy the tunes and remember – ANYBODY BUT BUSH in 2004!!!.

This entry brought to you by the letters G and W…

If I close my eyes and think back to the days I spent as a child watching Sesame Street I can almost hear the count cackling in his over the top, Transylvanian accent: “How many years before ALL media has a 100% conservative bias? One, two… hah, ah, ah… three, four. Four more years! Hah, ah, ah, ah…” But maybe that is being too generous, maybe the damage has already been done, this is from the Center for American Progress:

According to a piece in this week’s The New Yorker titled “Big Bird Flies Right,” the Bush White House has orchestrated a coordinated campaign to push the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) to the right. The administration has used the power of the purse to nudge PBS and NPR to a more conservative agenda, using funding grants from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting as leverage. And it seems to be working.

What? They aren’t satisfied with 98% of the Talk radio dial? Not enough FOX, CNN, or bought-and-paid-for conservative pundits on T.V. willing to spread disinformation? Will they not be happy until Big Bird goes on a rant telling all of the children on Sesame Street that pyramids of naked Iraqi men posed in sexually degrading and suggestive positions are no worse than a college prank? Good idea though for the administration to destroy any possible avenue where those pesky inconvenient truths might sneak out, if you watch or listen to it you will slowly be brainwashed and if you don’t then you are just as uninformed of events as the average FOX viewer or Limbaugh fan. Keep them in the dark and feed them shit, grow my little neo-conservative mushrooms…GROW!!!

Long-time PBS host Bill Moyers criticized the conservative push, saying, “This is the first time in my thirty-two years in public broadcasting that CBP has ordered up programs for ideological instead of journalistic reasons.”

I used to think that Bush was destroying education by accident, he isn’t bright I reasoned, nobody would want to sabotage Americas youth by providing them a substandard education. But now thay are co-opting the public airwaves and bending them to their own political will, and like the war they are waging in Iraq, they are doing it in my name – with my tax money. I am beginning to believe this is all part of the Bush agenda to create a pliant, ignorant, poorly paid American workforce.

‘Compassionate conservatives’ don’t want to win anyones hearts and minds… they only want to break them.

Dubya’s dirty little secret?

Now here’s something that I just stumbled across by accident, and since I had never heard of it before will continue to see if I can find more sources, but OH this would not play well with the Fundies!

It seems that back in 1970 before Roe V Wade was the law of the land little George W. Bush was involved in getting his girlfriend an illegal abortion. The down side to this bit of news is its source – an interview CNN had with Larry Flynt but just because he is a smut peddler does not necessarily make him or his sources unreliable. I would feel better about his if it were coming from an investigative reporter. Here’s an excerpt:

CNN – Mr. Flynt, I would like to know how you plan to protect yourself from a law suit by claiming to have the goods on GWBush.

Flynt: Because we have them and the truth is an absolute defense.

CNN; When and where are you going to publish information about George W. Bush?

Flynt: When I said that we had the proof, I am referring to knowing who the girl was, knowing who the doctor was that pereformed the abortion, evidence from girlfriends of hers at the time, who knew about the romance and the subsequent abortion. The young lady does not want to go public, and without her willingness, we don’t feel that we’re on solid enough legal ground to go with the story, because should she say it never happened, then we’ve got a potential libel suit. But we know we have enough evidence that we believe completely. One of the things that interested us was that this abortion took place before Roe Vs. Wade in 1970, which made it a crime at the time. I’d just like the national media to ask him if abortion is okay for him and his family, but not for the rest of America. We’re not looking at it as a big issue, we’re looking at it as a situation of people not being told the truth. I think the American people have a right to know everything there is to know about someone running for President.

Since the page I stumbled across lists links that no longer have pages associated with them I would appreciate any information on sources you folks might have. The reason I think this story (if true) is important is not because I am against a womans right to choose, quite the contrary, I think this shows us just that much more of Bush’s seemingly unlimited hypocrisy and his feelings of guilt (assuming he has feelings) might help explain his rabid desire to turn our country into a theocracy.

When it rains it pours…

Well, maybe it is because the religious right is sensing that Bush may not be able to steal 2004 or maybe the water supply has been poisoned (I’m switching to bottled!) but whatever it is has got the crazies out attacking the Constitution in force.

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Robert Aderholt (R-Haleyville) announced today in Alabama that he has introduced “The Constitution Restoration Act” (H.R. 3799), a bill requiring the federal courts to operate within the jurisdiction given to them by the United States Constitution as it pertains to the public acknowledgment of God as the sovereign source of law, liberty, and government.

I wonder, is this the Rights plan, to run us ragged defending the Constitution from insane bills for the next nine months? This would worry me a lot less if it wasn’t for the Republican majority in Congress and Bush in the White House. I would hate to live long enough to see my country destroyed from within by short sighted zealots.

Uh-oh, gotta run. Just heard another Republican firing up his shredder.

Education Secretary Rod Paige says Teachers Union is a terrorist organization!

Who here remembers back when I first started my “crazy” ranting about the Patriot act and the impending Patriot II? I remember some people saying such things such as “well, if you aren’t doing anything wrong you don’t have anything to be afraid of, right?” I dunno, does anyone have an issue with Bush’s Education Secretary labeling a union a terrorist organization. But HA HA, he was just joking folks.

Okay, now why would that NOT be a funny joke? Maybe because Patriot II authorizes the government to strip natural born citizens of their citizenship if they are in what the government considers a terrorist organization. That would be a big stumbling block to the punchline. Gee and unions fight for collective bargaining against corporations, fight for the worker, I can see why the Bushies see them as terrorists. To a corporation a fair wage must be terrifying, it might mean one less ice sculpture at your wife’s birthday party.

I know that Republican and Democratic politicians in the pocket of big business have long decried the unionization of America as communist and I suppose it has been all of the anti-union feeling from the ‘haves’ that make me feel that, even though it may have it’s problems, unions are better for the working person than the employers are willing to be. Without unions we would still be working 16 hour days 6 or 7 days a week with no over time or vacations. Do you like your weekends off? Thank the unions. If unions are terrorist organizations then long live Jihad and sign me up!

Teachers make a pittance and are expected to be able to teach a classroom that is probably falling apart if it is a city school, packed with 30+ students using outdated text books, held to the underfunded ‘No Child Left Behind’ standard in states that are cutting back funding because the federal dollars are not there. They are condemned as being ineffective by parents not bright enough to help their children with their math homework while the “Education President” waits for the whole house of cards to come tumbling down so he can sell education off to private industry. So Billy, if Mary has a case of refreshing ice cold Coca Cola and hops into her Hemi-powered V-8 Dodge Durango Limited (which is Ram Tough) and travels East toward St. Louis (There’s More than Meets the Arch) at 50 miles per hour…

I cant wait until public education is abolished and children are taught by people more concerned with producing a soldier for the lord and more pliant consumers.

The Constitution of the United States of America - NOW with God’s law!

It makes sense that if the founding father’s could not see fit to include unambiguous language in the Constitution that would allow enforced Christian beliefs upon ALL of Americans citizens then a group of extremist nutballs should take it upon themselves to amend it. So offended was (D) Senator Zell Miller, GA by the half-time appearance of Janet Jackson’s breast during the Super Bowl (a far Left conspiracy apparently), that he wants us all to know that:

I am pleased to be a co-sponsor of S.J. Res. 26 along with Sen. Allard and others, proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to marriage. And S.1558, the Liberties Restoration Act, which declares religious liberty rights in several ways, including the pledge of allegiance and the display of the Ten Commandments. And today I join Sen. Shelby and others with the Constitution Restoration Act of 2004 that limits the jurisdiction of federal courts in certain ways.

In doing so, I stand shoulder to shoulder not only with my Senate co-sponsors and Chief Justice Roy Moore of Alabama but, more importantly, with our Founding Fathers in the conception of religious liberty and the terribly wrong direction our modern judiciary has taken us in.

Ladies and gentlemen, do not take my word that these proposals are bad for anyone who does not yearn for the days of tri-corner hats, buckles on shoes, and witch trials, read them. They almost seem reasonable if you hate gays and get off on imposing your religious views on an entire nation. If you want the American Taliban calling the shots regarding your dress, your sex life, the abolishing of separation between church and state, then I would suggest that you do nothing. It looks like it is time for me to once again contact my representatives to oppose these measures, I just hope I have not found out about this too late.

See also Scott’s input on this.

Memo-Gate

What is it about Republican Administrations and their almost pathological need to gather damning documentation on the opposition via criminal trespass? Now although I opened with a swipe at the Republicans I feel that both sides are covered in shit on this one. I just feel the Republicans are covered to a greater degree. For those of you unfamiliar with this (and since it is a little reported story in the media it would not come as a surprise to me) the general gist is this:

1) Memos were leaked to the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Times in November 2003 detailing the Democrats research into judicial nominees and plans to derail certain nominations, pretty much due strictly to partisan philosophy. Oh, and here is my favorite quote from the article:

Is it a bit ironic that the same Republicans now arguing that the details of Vice President Cheney’s energy task force be kept private, in order to avoid chilling zealous policy discussions, are advocating the use of improperly obtained policy discussions to persecute Democrats?

Hoisted by their own petard!

2) How did the Republicans get a hold of the memos? Well, according to said staffers all they did was click on a My Network Places icon on a shared server and there the memos were. That they did this for the last two years and purloined some 5000 documents makes it sound a little less like an accidental discovery.

3) In what has become an increasingly rare move BOTH parties decried this electronic pilferage as reprehensible. Because of this bi partisan display of outrage several Republicans have been subjected to a backlash from their party, apparently the cardinal sin they committed was admitting they were wrong.

4) Of the two staffers identified in this scandal Manuel Miranda has since resigned as legal counsel to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist. In defense of his actions Miranda said “I had an obligation to learn everything possible I could learn to defend my clients.” The old ends justifies the means defense.

5) In a bizarre twist (R) Senator Orrin Hatch, one of the most vociferous attack dogs the right has is himself being attacked by ultra conservative activists that think he is too soft and wilting in the face of the “enemy”. If there are nastier, meaner, more partisan conservatives than Orrin Hatch, I do not want to know.

The real issue for my money is the radical split on partisan lines that is crippling government, not just now but at least since Regan was king. The losers in these fights are the citizens those asshats are SUPPOSED to be working for. If Bush would actually try appointing a judicial nominee that was somewhat centrist and the Democrats would confirm someone a little less left than Woody Harrelson maybe such trench warfare could be averted. I personally feel that the perfect Judicial nominee should have NO strong leanings one way or the other when it comes to politics or religion, the tooth and nail fights break out when hardcore ideologues begin interpreting laws to the benefit of one particular political party and/or religious community.

In this case I feel that what the Democrats did was pretty much what we expect that ALL politicians do and maybe it is time that we demand them held to a higher standard. The Republicans took what they knew they had no right to take then leaked it in an effort to embarrass the Democrats, again no big surprise, but of the two I feel the Republicans have committed the greater transgression and while it might not technically be theft (if we have been told the truth) it was incredibly dishonest and deceitful.

If you can’t beat them, slander them!

Ann Coulter is a bug!

Not like that comes as news to anyone familiar with her books or column which can all pretty much be summed up as ‘all liberals are traitors and all conservatives are God’s chosen children’. Now she is in the business of defending her parties chicken-hawks by attacking ACTUAL war heros, hoping like hell to make Bush’s Guard duty flap disappear. I know that lies spring eternal from her lips and when it is just more neo-con nonsense I tend to ignore her, like a child throwing an unending tantrum, but lies are one thing… this is slander:

“Cleland lost three limbs in an accident during a routine non-combat mission where he was about to drink beer with friends. He saw a grenade on the ground and picked it up. He could have done that at Fort Dix. In fact, Cleland could have dropped a grenade on his foot as a National Guardsman – or what Cleland sneeringly calls ‘weekend warriors.’ Luckily, for Cleland’s political career and current pomposity about Bush, he happened to do it while in Vietnam.”

  But he didn’t “give his limbs for his country,” or leave them “on the battlefield.” There was no bravery involved in dropping a grenade on himself with no enemy troops in sight. That could have happened in the Texas National Guard – which Cleland denigrates while demanding his own sanctification.”

I imagine this is a fair assessment considering the years Ann herself put into military service especially during the Vietnam War, you know because of all of her own experience as a battle hardened she-devil. She no doubt has the story right considering her dedication to the truth but what do you make of the governments obvious error when presenting him with a Silver Star? Can you believe they actually said:

Captain Cleland distinguished himself by exceptionally valorous action on 4 April 1968 Ӆ during an enemy attack near Khe Sanh.

When the battalion command post came under a heavy enemy rocket and mortar attack, Captain Cleland, disregarding his own safety, exposed himself to the rocket barrage as he left his covered position to administer first aid to his wounded comrades. He then assisted in moving the injured personnel to covered positions.

ӓContinuing to expose himself, Captain Cleland organized his men into a work party to repair the battalion communications equipment, which had been damaged by enemy fire.

His gallant action is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service, and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army.Ӕ

Stupid military. Just how many other drunken clumsy buffoons got a medal for gallantry in action against an enemy? Maybe this is the real story, the one about how men and women who actually serve in the military and are injured while conscientiously performing their duty are given awards they do not deserve. Hell, Cleland only lost both legs and an arm. Bush is being embarrassed publicly for dodging light duty stateside, while getting VERY expensive fighter jet training on the taxpayers dime, AFTER his family connections pulled enough strings to allow him to get in the Guard ahead of other more qualified and deserving applicants! Bush is by far the more persecuted of the two, don’t you think?

We probably won’t find out the truth of Bush’s service because the only people who KNOW the truth aren’t talking but attacking a man who actually went to Vietnam in service to his country and left 40% of himself over there as less than a patriot deserving our thanks is execrable! I didn’t think that it would be possible for me to think less of Ann Coulter after she accused liberals of treason. I was wrong.

The high cost of going to church…

Well, it seems that the Office of Homeland Security has been defending us from religious fanatics to the north one Sunday at a time. A Mr. Richard Albert has been fined $10,000 for crossing the border from Maine (where he is a resident) into Canada to go to church on Sundays. Apparently the checkpoint at this location is un-staffed at nights (9:00pm to 6:00am) and on Sundays, oh but they have surveillance cameras.

Albert’s house, where he lives alone, is just 30 yards from the border, right beside the U.S. Customs office. He has been crossing the U.S.-Canada border at his own discretion for more than 40 years, he said in an interview on Tuesday.

In mid-January, he received two $5,000 fines from the U.S. Bureau of Customs and Border Protection for crossing the Quebec border into Maine twice on a Sunday, a day when the local border station is closed.

I know that as an atheist you would not expect me to have much to say in defense of a man who is fined for going to church, but I think that the basic problem here is one of fairness. If you are going to demand that people submit to checkpoints then those checkpoints need to be manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Life does not stop at 9:00pm and begin again at 6:00am, it does not skip Sundays.

And more to the point what good is an unmanned checkpoint? If Osama decided to sneak into the US at 10:00pm Saturday night you can then watch it happening at 6:00am Monday on the surveillance tapes, but then what? You can’t fine him since he does not have an address here and I imagine that he might be able to do some damage in 32 hours. If you can’t be bothered to show enough interest in a checkpoint to keep it fully staffed at all times then drop the pretense that you are trying to defend our borders and quit fining a citizen or two that might want to go to a store, visit family, or yes, even attend church.

You know what would have kept Mr. Albert from breaking the law to go to church? One guy manning the checkpoint. Is it that much to ask?

How NOT to get re-elected…

Just a quick entry before I get ready for tomorrow (wouldn’t YOU like to know what I’m doing?)…

Now, IF I were sitting on the fence wondering which way to vote come November I think that the following would bother me somewhat, because I kind of want a President that at least pretends… you know… to listen to me.

“I’m not going to change,” he said. “I won’t change my philosophy or my point of view. I believe I owe it to the American people to say what I’m going to do and do it . . . I’m not going to change because of polls. That’s just not my nature.”

I think the first thing I get from his saying “I’m not going to change,”, “I won’t change my philosophy or my point of view.”, and “I’m not going to change because of polls.” is that he is not going to change. And further, that it is not his nature to change. Someone must have told him that change frightens the voters or maybe he believes his obstinacy is a point of pride, in any event his declaration that he will continue to do what he wants to do even if a poll tells him most Americans are against it is not what I want in a public servant. I am pretty sure that he is not promoting stagnation when he rails against change, rather it is just a big “screw you” to anyone who disagrees with him. Don’t like a war that never ends? Tough!

He and I disagree somewhat on his chances for another term however:

I’m not going to lose,” he shot back when Russert asked him to consider that possibility. “I don’t plan on losing. I have got a vision for what I want to do for the country. See, I know exactly where I want to lead.”

Me, me, me. Apparently he is a uniter, not a divider as he eloquently illustrates by using language that shows us how he plans on carrying out the people’s will. Nobody PLANS on losing with a war chest the size Bush has but let’s face it Dubya, things are not looking too good for you. You are not going to lose? Have you cleared that with Jeb?

Maybe I ask for too much, but a little humility in a candidate would be nice.